Lost Limbs Foundation

Sunday, April 7, 2013

William “Hoppy” Rebstock

MYSTERIOUS WALKING STATUE with a HEARTBEAT
Carmi – White County

Maple Ridge Cemetery located near Burrell’s Woods in Carmi is the final resting place of William “Hoppy” Rebstock. According to his gravestone, he was born July 11, 1878 and died November 12, 1952. The stone is inscribed “Here lies a man who lived and died for his country, relatives and friends.” A life sized statue of Hoppy stands on top of a marble pedestal at his grave. William Rebstock acquired the nickname Hoppy because he had a wooden leg. 
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MYSTERIOUS WALKING STATUE with a HEARTBEAT
Carmi – White County

Maple Ridge Cemetery located near Burrell’s Woods in Carmi is the final resting place of William “Hoppy” Rebstock.  According to his gravestone, he was born July 11, 1878 and died November 12, 1952.  The stone is inscribed “Here lies a man who lived and died for his country, relatives and friends.”  A life sized statue of Hoppy stands on top of a marble pedestal at his grave.  William Rebstock acquired the nickname Hoppy because he had a wooden leg.  

Legend has it that once a year Hoppy comes down from his pedestal and walks around the cemetery.  Several years ago some visitors to the cemetery noticed that the statue of Hoppy was missing from the pedestal.  After much searching, the missing statue was found in Burrell’s Woods.  Many people and the police concluded that it was probably a teenage prank.  Remembering the legend of Hoppy’s annual walkabout, some people were not so sure that it was a prank.

Some locals claim that the statue of Hoppy has a heartbeart.  According to some sources, Hoppy was buried alive and if a person presses their ear to the chest of the statue, they will hear his heartbeat.